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newbie

[ noo-bee, nyoo‐ ]
/ ˈnu bi, ˈnyu‐ /
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noun Informal.
a person who is new to a field, activity, etc.; a novice or newcomer: January always brings newbies to our gym.
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Origin of newbie

An Americanism first recorded in 1965–70; perhaps newb(orn) + -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for newbie

newbie
/ (ˈnjuːbɪ) /

noun
slang a newcomer, esp in computing or on the internet

Word Origin for newbie

C20: origin unknown; possibly from new boy
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